The Mac changed how we use a computer. The GUI replaced the command line and point and click apps made computers friendly. Or, friendlier. The same subtle changes occurred with other products that Apple brought to the mainstream.
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Apple’s iPod and iTunes combined to change how we buy, manage, and listen to music. Both had their critics and both changed the world.
When the iPhone was introduced it was roundly dismissed by critics as a tech bauble that no one needed. After all, we already has ‘smartphones.’
Yet, Apple’s version of the smartphone became the standard and changed how we use a phone, and it cannibalized some of what we once did on our Macs and PCs and put it into our pockets and purses.
The iPad worked much the same way, bringing tablets into the 21st century as comfortable, usable devices for young and old. An Apple product again changed how we use a computer.
Guess what? Here’s another revolution. Apple is changing how we use time. No, not tell time. Use time.
Watches and clocks haven’t changed much in decades or a century or two. 12 numbers, hour hand, minutes hand, and often a second hand. But time is time. To know what time it is, one needs to look at a watch or clock.
That’s exactly what iPhone users do (and Android sufferers), too, which explains why there’s a generation that does not use a watch. Apple is about to change that. A watch is as much a luxury and fashion statement as it is utility device.
Apple Watch is both but extends the utility of the iPhone to the wrist; easier, faster, more convenient communication with others via alerts, alarms, notifications– all available with the flick of a wrist. Yet, Apple Watch pays homage to the luxury aspect of a watch, the need to individualize or personalize the fashion with multiple sizes, multiple cases, multiple bands, and multiple purposes.
Listen all you want to the many critics flail and wail about Apple’s latest and greatest, but there’s both history and a trend being followed here. Apple changes how we use technology. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, and now iNoMore– Apple Watch.
Yes, I want one. Because I can use it. Why? Because it’s more convenient for certain tasks than my iPhone.